Do you want to do fun science experiments at home with your kids? Sometimes it's hard to know where to start. Luckily, you can buy a science kit! I tried the My First Mind Blowing Science Kit (affiliate link.) My 5 year old and I really enjoyed it.
Inside the kit is everything you need other than water and a tray to put the experiments on. All of the classics are included: baking soda, red cabbage juice powder, citric acid, and more! It comes with all the cups, beakers, and measuring spoons you need for the experiments. It even has stirring sticks! My 5 year old loved measuring, mixing, pouring, and observing.
Though she may be a little young to grasp every concept presented, she had a lot of fun with science... and isn't that the whole point? On top of that, she has been exposed words like "acid," "base," and "neutral." Early exposure leads to early understanding.
If you don't have a kit, you can still do simple science experiments for kids with items you probably already have at home. One of our recent experiments was what we called "Travelling Water."
For this simple science experiment, you only need three cups, a paper towel, water, and two different colors of food coloring. For the food coloring, I offered my daughter the primary colors and let her pick two of them.
1) Elevate two of the cups and pour water in them until they are about 1/3 full. Add a few drops of food coloring in one elevated cup and a few drops of the other color in the other elevated cup. Stir if necessary.
2) Make two strips of paper towel. Take the first strip and put one side in one of the elevated cups. Put the other side in the empty (non-elevated) cup. Take the second strip and put one side in the other elevated cup. Put the other side in the empty (non-elevated) cup.
When it is all set up, it should look like this:
This experiment is perfect for little ones because, as you can see, it starts moving right away! I took this picture right after everything was set up. This also shows why I only offered primary colors as food coloring choices. It is much more exciting to see two colors turn into a whole new color (red + blue = purple!) than colors that just change slightly in shade.
Did it work? Yes it did! The colors started mixing and turning purple fairly quickly.
Once you are done, you can even put all the cups on the same level and watch how a little bit of the new color water travels back into the first cups.
You can explain to your kids that capillary action lets the water travel up the paper towel and then down into the empty. Adhesion causes water molecules to "walk" up the paper towel and cohesion causes water molecules to stick to each other.
Need more inspiration for home science experiments? Check out the Asha Loves Science "Science Experiments for Kids" Pinterest Board!